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Vrhnika (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Vrhnika]by Zeljko Heimer

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Presentation of the municipality

Vrhnika had the community status before the 1990s.

Zeljko Heimer, 10 April 2000

Description of the flag

The coat of arms and flag are prescribed by decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi obcine Vrhnika, adopted 10 April 1992. and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 24, 22 May 1992, pp. 1909-10, with effect on 29 May1992.

The flag is for vertical hoisting, ratio 1:2, blue with clay coloured fly (1/32 of the longer side) and the coat of arms in the upper part in clay coloured rectangle. The top line of the coat of arms coincides with the line of 1/4th of the longer side. The details of the coat of arms size and the size of the rectangle are not explicitly stated.

Zeljko Heimer, 10 April 2000

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Vrhnika]by Zeljko Heimer

The community of Vrhnika uses its traditional coat of arms that probably originates from the coat of arms of Illyria, i.e. Illyrian Provinces of Napoleonic era.

The modern graphical layout adds wavy lines similar to those on the coat of arms of the Republic of Slovenia. Except this main shape of the coat of arms ("for print on textile") the decision prescribes two other acceptable designs, "for print on paper" (semicircular shield without the white border along top edge) and "for licence plates" (standard shape for licence plates, also without the white border on top). Those two are even more related to the coat of arms of Slovenia just because of the unusual "topless" bordering.
The decision prescribes colours in HKS and only for clay colour  (oker) in both HKS and Pantone:

  • Blue: HKS 44 K
  • Clay: HKS 68K or Pantone 87I-A

The Decision provides also a construction sheet for the coat of arms, especially detailed in construction details of the wavy lines).

Images can be seen on the municipal website.

The most recent municipal status Statut Obcine Vrhnika, adopted on 18 November 1999 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 99/1999 describes the coat of arms as portraying "Jaso's sailboat Argo on the wavy of Ljubljanica river"

Zeljko Heimer, 20 October 2002

Erroneous report of the flag and coat of arms

It is to be noted that Banderas municipales de Eslovenia, published in Banderas [ban] #58 (March 1996), even if it refers to the same source, gives wrong images. The coat of arms shown there is missing the clay coloured outline (in shape prescribed for licence plates), while the flag there uses the same coat of arms, which is wrong in the first place, and it rotates it so that the flag seems appropriate for horizontal hoisting - something that is not prescribed so either.

Zeljko Heimer, 10 April 2000